Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Feel more confident with AAC implementation! This resource will provide you with up to a full school year's worth of implementation materials and activities for teaching core words to beginning AAC users. This resource provides a variety of
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
273
Digital Download PDF (168.94 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel confident teaching augmentative communication users core words in genuine communication contexts. This is a set of games and activities to teach the first 6 months’ of core vocabulary words from PrAACticalAAC.com’s Year of Core Words that will
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$12.50
105
Digital Download PDF (100.59 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
So many AAC users, so little planning time for teaching core words! Support augmentative communicators with core words in your speech therapy or special ed groups. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to get started with implementation now, even
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$94.75
$75.80
45
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel more confident with AAC implementation! This resource will provide you with up to a full school year's worth of implementation materials and activities for teaching core words to beginning AAC users. This resource provides a variety of
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
19
Digital Download PDF (247.51 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for time-saving done for you curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$52.00
$41.60
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Other
$2.50
26
Digital Download PDF (63.86 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Work on core word implementation in your curriculum for AAC users. These clinician created interactive books illustrate each of the first 6 core words and give students practice with using them in the books and activities. Curriculum planning for:
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$23.00
$18.20
16
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into one
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Games
$28.50
$25.65
12
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Help your augmentative communication get to know their AAC system better. Move them from single core words to phrases and sentences. This bundle of engaging core vocabulary games and activities covers a wide range of AAC skills and abilities and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$11.25
$9.00
17
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users? Model and practice core words each month with interactive activity simulations prepared for you, as well as games and other activities. The resource covers the 2nd half of the Year
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.K.4, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1e, L.1.1d, L.1.1f, L.1.1h, L.1.1i
$16.00
24
Digital Download PDF (150.61 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. Teach AAC users 6 core words to go along with my 6 core words
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
$9.00
12
Digital Download PDF (59.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Your students want to have fun with communication! Use games to build interactions while practicing core words. This is a fun way to practice finding verbs, adjectives & prepositions in the AAC system, as well as expressive practice for those
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
$4.50
16
Digital Download PDF (50.33 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Having a hard time getting your AAC users to expand their responses? This is a fun activity for your augmentative communication users or other minimally verbal students. They can practice making phrases and sentences using core words with either the
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
17
Digital Download PDF (14.23 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users need 200 opportunities each day to practice using their AAC systems to become competent communicators. While optimal teaching stresses use of AAC in the context of daily routines and events, SLPs have intervention sessions to fill with
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$27.00
$22.00
9
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find engaging activities to give your AAC users the 200 opportunities each day they need to practice using their AAC systems to become competent communicators? While optimal teaching stresses use of AAC in the context of daily routines
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$8.00
7
Digital Download PDF (76.43 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Designed to help you provide engaging activities for AAC core vocabulary implementation, this activity provides practice with early core words. Students who use AAC or have very limited speech practice using core vocabulary while taking an imaginary
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$6.50
7
Digital Download PDF (70.99 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you looking for a curriculum for your AAC users that builds core word use, formulation of phrases and sentences, formulation of narratives, and touches on writing skills? You've found it!This time and money-saving bundle provides enough
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Whole Courses, Activities
$659.75
$553.90
1
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for fun ways to expand your AAC users' language skills? Running out of ideas for ways to practice? This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of letters to build phrases and sentences. This is for augmentative communication
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$4.00
12
Digital Download PDF (9.64 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Get a whole second year of core words implementation activities that will give you ready-made lessons for almost 200 core words. You want your AAC users to have a robust vocabulary; to be able to access the curriculum, engage with others, interact
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$46.00
7
Digital Download PDF (633.85 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Need a fun activity to help your students expand their use of core words? We know that teaching AAC in context is the preferred method of teaching emergent communicators - and even those who move beyond emergent stages. But students often require
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$4.00
12
Digital Download PDF (24.03 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years, before which I worked with kids with autism. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I teach workshops locally and nationally on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs, and have written CEU on-line courses for SLPs about AAC. I have published research articles in peer reviewed journals, and spent considerable time working on translating research into practice.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles! I want to teach teachers and SLPs to consider all options for teaching students with Complex Communication Needs because we need to presume competence for ALL kids. I feel strongly that if a child doesn't learn HE has not failed. WE have.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national and international conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 16 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. And have recently written a book about AAC implementation for parents, teachers, and SLPs. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?). I believe this varied background has given me a deeper understanding of what these kids - and their teachers - need.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 2 cats. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls, or just stealing time for a quick sketch.

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